Authors / Biography

Joe Cerrell

Title Director of Europe Office
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Joe Cerrell is the director of the foundation’s Europe office.

Posts By Joe Cerrell

Myth: We Have to Choose Between Helping the Poor at Home vs. Overseas

Last week Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter for 2014. I was excited to see it focus on debunking persistent myths in development aid, and it got me thinking about the myths I’ve encountered working in advocacy, government relations, and communications at the Gates Foundation for the past decade. One constant refrain about aid that I’ve heard, particularly in more recent years living in Europe, is this: “We have to choose between helping the poor here at home and helping the poor abroad.”

Why the European Union Needs to Retain Commitment to Saving Lives Through Aid

Saving the lives of the world’s poorest is the right thing to do; it’s consistent with the values of the European Union, and now is not the time to turn our backs on those suffering the most.


Vaccine Equity: Profitable for Kids and Companies

The GAVI Alliance, a public-private health partnership, is working with a growing array of firms to dramatically increase the number of poor children who receive life-saving vaccines, thereby making a long-term investment in their families, communities and countries.

What You Need to Know About Foreign Aid (And Why We Need to Protect It)

This week the 27 European heads of government will decide whether or not to protect the €51B development aid budget from cuts over the next seven years.

What Sweden Knows (And You Should Too)

At a time when other countries are cutting back, Sweden – already a generous aid donor to the developing world – has prioritized development assistance with an emphasis on immunization, family planning, and child survival. Sweden knows its funds are saving
lives because the country measures results very closely and has taken steps to make its aid funding more transparent.